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There’s help if smokers want to quit

The Smoking Cessation Trust may be the best kept secret in Louisiana. And its executive director, Mike Rogers, would like that to change. The SCT, which has been in operation for a year and a half, provides free medical, counseling and telephone support to some Louisiana smokers. What it doesn’t provide are funds to let […]

Agritourism business grows in Louisiana

Louisiana birds and wildlife habitat considered commonplace by local residents are considered exotic and fascinating by many out-of-state visitors looking for the different and unusual, according to speakers at an agritourism workshop on Feb. 11. The event was jointly by the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University to explain how to start a business based […]

Patients should have more say in mammogram debate

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment. The study gives longer follow-up on nearly 90,000 women who had […]

Pain pills are a bigger problem than marijuana

As more states, including Louisiana, start discussing the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational purposes, those against the idea are loudly crying that marijuana is the cause of this country’s drug problem, acting as the “gateway” drug. Those people do not realize how easy it is to obtain prescription painkillers, which […]

Widest earnings gap posted for college grads in 48 years

The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. Young adults with just a high-school diploma earned 62 […]

Seek the truth, not sensationalism

Public outcry has been reignited regarding the unsolved murders of eight victims commonly referred to as the “Jeff Davis Eight.” The fact that the person(s) responsible for taking the lives of these women remains free, however, is never far from the minds of the victims’ families or law enforcement. The latest spark was triggered by […]

New farm bill features both pros and cons

According to the Associated Press, it isn’t just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There’s also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 […]

Help name the 2014 Louisiana Young Hero

A lot of attention is given to the young people who get into trouble or underachieve in school, but often, the students who do exceptionally well in the classroom or make a huge difference in their communitIES do not receive the recognition they deserve. That’s why LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge created […]

Obesity risk starts before school age

Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child’s “weight fate” is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten. The prevalence of weight problems has long been known — […]

Government panel agrees with what most Americans believe

A government review panel warned Thursday that the National Security Agency’s daily collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal and recommended that President Barack Obama abandon the program and destroy the hundreds of millions of phone records it has already collected. The recommendations by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board go further than Obama […]

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